30 days in Japan Itinerary

30 days in Japan Itinerary

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30 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
1
Tokyo
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Tochigi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Saitama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Fujioka
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Osaka
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kawagoe
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h 15​min
8
Nara
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
9
Akita
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
End: Tokyo

8
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo National Museum. Nezu Shrine and Sensō-ji will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum (in Koganei), Pola Museum of Art (in Hakone-machi) and Kamakura (Engaku-ji Temple & Ugafuku Shrine ( Goddess of Money Washing)). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Nezu Museum, don't miss a visit to Naritasan Omote Sando, have fun and explore at KidZania Tokyo, and contemplate the long history of Historic Old Town area in Sawara, Katori.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tokyo holiday maker tool .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Narita International Airport and Hyakuri Airport. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tochigi.

Things to do in Tokyo

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kamakura, Yokosuka, Kawasaki, National Museum of Japanese History, Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pola Museum of Art ©
Pola Museum of Art
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Tochigi

Tochigi ©
Tochigi is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. On the 15th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Tochigi Utamaro-kan, contemplate the long history of Tochigi City Hall Annex, steep yourself in history at Yokoyama Kyodokan, steep yourself in history at Kuranomachi Old Town, then take an in-depth tour of Tochigi Prefectural Shimotsuke Topography Hill Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pottery Warehouse.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tochigi trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Tokyo to Tochigi in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 70°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saitama.

Things to do in Tochigi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Isoyama Benzaiten, Shimotsurenga Manufacturing Company Rengagama, Pottery Warehouse, Tochigi Prefectural Shimotsuke Topography Hill Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tochigi City Hall Annex ©
Tochigi City Hall Annex
Tochigi Utamaro-kan ©
Tochigi Utamaro-kan

2
nights
Saitama

Saitama ©
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at National Hansen's Disease Museum. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Japan Mint Saitama Museum, then see the interesting displays at Saitama Prefectural Museum of History and Folklore, then take an in-depth tour of The Railway Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Saifuku-ji Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saitama route builder site .

You can drive from Tochigi to Saitama in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Fujioka.

Things to do in Saitama

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kakujogyorui Kodaira, National Hansen's Disease Museum, Warabi Shrine, Saifuku-ji Temple, Sakuragi Shrine
Highlights from your plan
The Railway Museum ©
The Railway Museum
Japan Mint Saitama Museum ©
Japan Mint Saitama Museum
Warabi Shrine ©
Warabi Shrine

2
nights
Fujioka

Fujioka ©
On the 19th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Fujioka History Museum, look for gifts at Michi-no-Eki Laran Fujioka, then examine the collection at Konnyaku Park, then don't miss a visit to Takayama-sha Historic Site, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kanasana Shrine.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Fujioka trip builder app .

You can drive from Saitama to Fujioka in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Fujioka can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Fujioka

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Honjo, Kokokusan-Kinshoji Temple - No. 4 Pilgrimage, Konnyaku Park
Highlights from your plan
Takayama-sha Historic Site ©
Takayama-sha Historic Site
Konnyaku Park ©
Konnyaku Park
Kanasana Shrine ©
Kanasana Shrine

3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Get some cultural insight at Mimurotoji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Ninna-ji Temple and Shimogamo Jinja. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Higashi Honganji, contemplate the long history of Sanjusangendo Temple, and make a trip to Daigo-ji Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kyoto trip planner.

You can drive from Fujioka to Kyoto in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, daytime highs in Kyoto are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Mimurotoji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine ©
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

3
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 24th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Harukas 300 Observation Deck, get to know the fascinating history of Hozenji Yokocho, then look for gifts at Kimono Photo Studio Wasabi Osaka, then see the interesting displays at Mint Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Modern Transportation Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kinpusenji Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and then take a stroll through Dotonbori.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Osaka visit site .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kyoto. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kawagoe.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Kinpusenji Temple, National Museum of Ethnology
Highlights from your plan
Hozenji Yokocho ©
Hozenji Yokocho
Kinpusenji Temple ©
Kinpusenji Temple
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

3
nights
Kawagoe

Kawagoe ©
Situated just outside of Tokyo, Kawagoe entices visitors with its historic, Edo period architecture, reminiscent of a Japan of the past.
On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nōnin-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiofune Kannon Temple, then revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ganduo Tachikawa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kawagoe trip planner .

Getting from Osaka to Kawagoe by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Kawagoe can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nara.

Things to do in Kawagoe

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tachikawa, Gyoda, Nōnin-ji Temple, Shiofune Kannon Temple, Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Highlights from your plan
Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi ©
Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art ©
Toyama Memorial Museum of Art
Sakitama Kofun Park ©
Sakitama Kofun Park

3
nights
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Horyu-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hase-dera Temple, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Wakakusa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Toshodaiji Temple.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nara trip planner .

Getting from Kawagoe to Nara by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Kawagoe in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nara, with lows of 72°F. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akita.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sakurai, Kizugawa, Horyu-ji Temple, Muroji Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hase-dera Temple ©
Hase-dera Temple
Horyu-ji Temple ©
Horyu-ji Temple
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple

3
nights
Akita

Akita ©
The coastal city of Akita has gained a wider reputation for its Kanto Matsuri, or "pole lantern festival," where skilled performers balance long bamboo poles on their foreheads with glowing paper lanterns attached to the end.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Mining Museum of Akita University, explore the world behind art at Masakichi Hirano Museum of Fine Art, then buy something for everyone on your list at Akita Station Building Topico, then get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, and finally stop by Akita Kensanhin Plaza.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Akita driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Nara to Akita in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nara in July: high temperatures in Akita hover around 79°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akita

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Semboku, Nanohana Road, Karamatsu Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Mining Museum of Akita University ©
Mining Museum of Akita University
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Karamatsu Shrine ©
Karamatsu Shrine

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